What Shelley Knew

Shelley: The Pursuit

by Richard Holmes
Shelley’s life was short, yet it is nearly impossible to write a short life of Shelley. So many happenings, private and public, affected his work that the biographer’s space begins to run out before the poet has written anything for which his life is worth remembering. And almost all he …

The Living Keats

John Keats

by Robert Gittings
A classic case-history of a delinquent. The parents’ not quite approved marriage and their first child’s not quite unambiguous gestation; his early years knocking about at the “Swan and Hoop,” an inn that was also a kind of Regency car park; a bottle-loving father killed in a Saturday night road …


The Missolonghi Manuscript

by Frederic Prokosch

Byron and the Ruins of Paradise

by Robert F. Gleckner
Ever since reading in the Thirties a delicately printed poem which mentioned that whales in their gigantic bliss lie trembling two by two, I have had some affection for Prokosch’s writing, in which the juicily sensual and scatological are dispensed with literary sugar-tongs; and I found The Missolonghi Manuscript enjoyable …

Dredging for Shelley

The Mutiny Within: The Heresies of Percy Bysshe Shelley

by James Rieger
This book is close to that sort of interpretive criticism, born of unspilled religion and sheer intellectual energy, which uses another author’s works as metaphors for its own poetry. I learned a good deal I did not know from The Mutiny Within which is bound to come in useful for …

The Last Days of the Poets

The Fatal Gift of Beauty: The Final Years of Byron and Shelley

by A.B.C. Whipple
In February last year the editor of Life International began a series of Literary Landscapes by writing two articles on “The Italy of Byron and Shelley,” with some striking new photographs by David Lees. To get this material, Mr. Whipple and his photographer had sought out for themselves many of …

The Young Shelley

The Esdaile Notebook: A Volume of Early Poems

edited by Kenneth Neill Cameron from the Original Manuscript by Percy Bysshe Shelley in the Carl H. Pforzheimer Library.
A special glamour has surrounded the manuscript Esdaile Notebook since some of Shelley’s admirers first learned of its existence in 1884. From that date its contents have perpetually been referred to without ever being known, as they were carefully guarded from publication. And unlike the official hoard passed on from …